Definitions

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  • n. The direction in which Muslims face while praying, now the Caaba in Mecca.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small terrorist group of Muslims in South Africa formed in the 1980s; was inspired by Ayatollah Khomeini to create an Islamic state in South Africa
  • n. the direction of the Kaaba toward which Muslims turn for their daily prayers

Etymologies

From Arabic قبلة (qíbla, "which is opposite"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In synagogues of this period, the corner with the receptacle for the Torah scrolls indicated the direction of prayer -- "qibla" -- toward Jerusalem.

    Awaiting the coming of the Lord in glory

  • The bisector of the crescent in Murdoch's final Crescent of Embrace design points approximately 1.8 ° north of Mecca (marked "qibla").

    The Wide Awakes

  • Place this graphic over the Crescent site-plan on your computer screen, and you will see that the Mecca-direction line (which Muslims call "qibla") almost exactly bisects the crescent:

    Nice Deb

  • Rawls maintains that the midpoint between the tips of the crescent points almost precisely toward "qibla," the direction to Mecca, which Muslims are supposed to face for prayer.

    Political Grind Network

  • Muhammad, born 570, adopted the Jerusalem Temple as his first qibla, his direction of prayer—inspired by the Jewish Bible and the ambition to supplant Judaism.

    City of Peace—and War

  • Was it intimidating to board the plane and look across the sea of red-and-white scarves to the aircraft's television screens, which featured steady footage of a qibla that changed direction as we flew, always pointing to Mecca?

    Julia Schwarz: Keeping Travel Plans After a Terrorist Attack

  • It is made to lie on its left side with its face and throat towards the qibla.

    Parvez Sharma: Bullets in Bollywood: No Eid For Me

  • In north america the qibla is to the North East, and the memorial's crescent of trees also has a northeast cant.

    09/04/2005 - 09/11/2005

  • Perfect measuring might show some differences, but it makes a fair match to the qibla.

    09/04/2005 - 09/11/2005

  • All Muslims now focused on Mecca as the direction of prayer (qibla).

    b. Muhammad and the Rise of Islam

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